Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Pitkästä aikaa (After a long time) is the very fitting name for the new Virve "Vicky" Rosti album, her first solo effort since 2007 to be released on September 19, 2014. The first single is Leikitään. But that doesn't mean she hasn't been around lately as she's been doing some reality entertainment on TV (where she even got to experiment singing in italian some opera) and apparently she's on the road all the time alone or with her nostalgy band project Menneisyyden vangit.
This is only her 8th solo album even if next year marks her 40th year in the business despite being only 55. She shot to the fame back in 1975 with her debut hit Kun Chicago kuoli. Five hit albums followed with hits like Tuolta saapuu Charlie Brown, Näinkö meille täällä aina käy and Oon voimissain. She's also known for several other well done covers like Jolene and Rahaa, rahaa, rahaa, Sorry jos oon lady, Koputa puuta, Menolippu,.... 
Come 1980's and the cover music wasn't so hip anymore and Virve got married and started a family and had three kids (and is today a grandmother of four!). In 1987 she was tricked to take part in Euroviisut and to her great horror, as she put it then, she won with Sata salamaa. After that she also recorded a new album but wasn't very keen on relaunching her career. 
In the 1990's she formed Menneisyyden Vangit (Prisoners of Past) along with Kari Kuivalainen (Eurovision 1986 with Never the end) and Freeman (UMK 2012) becoming one of the most popular party bands in Finland performing their old hits and covers. They also recorded four albums between 1993-2003). 

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